Winless in Seattle

Somehow I was hoping this game would c]happen closer to the end of the year. You know, when the team rallies around the new young coach and GM, they get their shit together, and play as if they are competent, but yet again, we get Seattle early, and we are not on top of our game. We aren’t even on the bottom of our game. Maybe it is somewhere in the side office, but this season looks like the last few. Too many penalties, too many unforced errors, too much defense on the field, and not nearly enough points.

Granted, this shit isn’t turned around overnight, or even over the course of one off-season, as much as I had hoped for anyway, but maybe we can start to see signs of incremental improvement. The run defense was markedly better. However, the pass rush was not there at all. The one blitz we ran vacated the area where the 1st touchdown went, Brian Hoyer looked a lot like his predecessors, and our run game started decent, but did nothing as Carolina got further and further ahead.

So, what now? Well, the 49ers haven’t beaten Seattle since 2013, and they haven’t beaten Seattle in Jet City since 2011, the nascent days of the Jim Harbaugh era. Tavaris Jackson was the Seahawk QB, and we were on our way to the playoffs for the first time in years.

Be that as it may, I don’t think we get out of this one alive. We actually let backup tackle John Theus go, whereas I thought we might make some changes at the guard spot. The only hope is that Seattle’s makeshift line allows us to get pressure on Russell Wilson. I’m not holding my breath that it matters though. Even if we get pressure, we usually lose RW to contain  for big runs anyway.

I do think we will improve, but it sure doesn’t feel like it starts in the rain and wind of Seattle. 24-7, Seattle.

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18 Responses to Winless in Seattle

  1. Flavor says:

    “the side office”…very nice.
    Just listened to Steve Young on KNBR, sometimes I really like his spots sometimes I think he’s just enjoying the sound of his voice. Tonight I thought was good. He made a good point about Seattle being the perfect place to gauge improvement. Not to win the game, but just see if the team and the coach are getting better when faced with a challenge. Anyone can go to Indy and get a win. But showing that you are getting better is more important right now. Liked it.

    • Nipper says:

      The offense has to find a way to stay on the field longer. Hopefully they can make a few more first down plays at least to keep the defense off the field a few more times. That would be nice.

  2. Winder says:

    Don’t fret, we are on the right track. We have the people in place, we just need to build some continuity. I believe Hoyer will be ok if our line can protect him. Usually when I see a game like last week I start to get worried about things, but I gotta say I am not worried about any of it.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, I think we just get worn down this game. I just would like to see less penalties. More sustained offense.

    And a fucking pass rush. Lynch sat for some reason last week. He’s about all we got.

    • Winder says:

      The penalties are a continuity issue and will get straightened out. But our lack of a pass rush is really confusing to me. Maybe we don’t have the right personnel after all. I don’t think it is the coaching on this issue, I think it is on the players. I mean how much pressure do we take with just a 4 man rush, they get to us that way all the time.I actually like Hoyer and our WR’s. Still can’t stand Hyde though even though he did somewhat alright last week. To me he’s not even close to being a #1 back.

  4. rob says:

    Didn’t see the game ! We’re still digging out from hurricane Irma here ! apparently I didn’t miss much ! the defense did O.k. considering the O only scored three ! We might have held them to under twenty if the offense had done something ! This is pretty much what I expected with a starting QB like Hoyer ! Full power won’t be restored here until this weekend ! Hopefully in time for the game !

  5. rob says:

    having fun Winder !!! God is good !

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Glad you made it through to the other side, ROB!

    Yeah, gonna be incremental this year,

  7. Irish Kevin says:

    I think Hoyer will be fine once h throws his first TD pass, I think that dropped pass didn’t help his confidence, I mean he threw it right to the dude and he dropped it!! The line is Seattle +14!! I hope not.

    • Lurker John says:

      As much as I want the Niners to win, if I was betting I’d lay the points and take the Seahawks. SF just does not do well here. My hope is that that will start to change as this new administration continues to put things in place, but Seattle has been a nightmare for SF for as long as the new stadium has been open. With the Hawks having lost last week, this is yet another perfect storm weekend for the Niners. 28-10 Seattle.

      • Nipper says:

        I bet the loss will be even worse. It will be one long OUCH! I just hope the Niners avoid serious injuries. When the stars of the team are the HC and the GM there is little to hope here.

  8. Lurker John says:

    What do you guys think about WSU’s Luke Falk as a potential Niner QB of the future? He can sling it.

  9. Lurker John says:

    Falk with 6 TD passes, no picks and 386 yards today against OSU. After 3 quarters. I know he’s not a sexy pick nationally, but he’s got a good arm, he’s accurate and he has a knack for putting the ball right on the numbers to receivers running full speed. The downside is that he’s almost exclusively been a spread QB. He might be a guy to take a flyer on if he can be had in the middle rounds.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    The Niners are looking higher in the draft for a QB, I guess. We need to see how this plays out as far as where we pick re: Darnold and Josh Rosen. After that, it’s all about guys like Falk or even Clayton Thorson from Northwestern. He’s a sleeper to watch. Great skills, throws well on the move, and can fit the ball in small spaces.

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